Edwards remain in US training centre despite ban

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> American sprinter Torri Edwards refused to comment on her two year suspension for doping on Thursday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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American sprinter Torri Edwards refused to comment on her two year suspension for doping on Thursday, which makes her ineligible for the Athens Olympic Games. Edwards, the current women's 100 metres world champion, had tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended on Wednesday, although she is set to lodge an appeal to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, who could overturn the decision. Banned for doping Edwards remains with the American training camp in Georgioupolis, Crete, for the time being. Torri Edwards tested positive for nikethamide - which is on the IAAF's (International Association of Athletics Federations) list of banned substances - in July of this year. The American has claimed that she was unaware that a glucose supplement given to her following a track meeting on the French Virgin Island of Martinique in April had contained the substance. Edward's coach John Smith was unsure as to whether the 100 metre world champion would win her appeal. Blow to US team One thing is for certain, it is bitter blow for the US track and field team on the eve of the XXVIIIth Olympiad. Edwards had been set to compete in the both the 100 and 200 metres at the Athens Olympics. The 27-year-old's place in the 100 metres will be taken by team mate Gail Devers and LaShaunte Moore will run in the 200 metres if Edwards' appeal proves unsuccessful. Edwards won a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the US 4 x 100 metres relay team. But for now, she appears to have kissed her chances of winning Olympic Gold in Athens goodbye. (AP)